Road closed due to tyre blaze

Road closed due to tyre blaze

Smoke from a large fire in a pile of tyres in Essex is expected to keep residents indoors and disrupt rail and road travel for much of the day, according to police and health officials.

The blaze at a farm close to the Fairglen interchange began on Monday night and the emergency services were informed at around 9pm.

Essex Police officers closed off the A1245 as smoke made driving very difficult. Diversions are in place and they expect the road to remain closed for most of Tuesday.

Rail commuters have also been affected as they are currently no trains running between Rayleigh and Wickford meaning no services between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria stations.

Officials from Public Health England are advising residents in the area to avoid the smoke by staying in their homes and shutting all their windows and doors. It says anyone who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma, lung complaints or similar health problems should be particularly careful to avoid breathing in the smoke.

Essex Police Inspector Scott Egerton says people should stay away from the area as the delays are likely to last for much of the day.

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